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International relations

'New Cold War' creates conundrums in East Asia

As Russia and the US face off again, Japan finds itself caught in between

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his U.S. counterpart, Donald Trump, appear to be embarking on a new nuclear arms race.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Two former senior American officials caused a stir earlier this year with an article in Foreign Affairs headlined, "Containing Russia, Again."

Their conclusion was stark: "If this package of measures sounds like a prescription for a new Cold War with Russia, it is." And if another Cold War is indeed in the offing, it will have new and troubling implications for East Asia. Japan, in particular, could find itself in a tight spot.

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